While the fears of a nuclear catastrophe have substantially subsided in Japan, the death toll has risen to over 8,000 and tens of thousands more remain in need of help. The music industry in the country continues to step up to offer support.
Tokyo-based management company HoriPro pledged 57.5 million yen ($712,000) to disaster-relief. A major talent agency, HoriPro represents over 260 performers and is a pillar of the Japanese entertainment industry. Earlier they had uploaded cute animated clips in which their voice actors narrated Japanese folk tales in an effort to provide some fun for the young victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
Following suit, Namie Amuro, a leading J-pop star, has donated 50 million yen ($616,000) to the Japanese Red Cross for the victims of the disasters. The singer, known recently for keeping a low profile, released the information through her management Vision Factory.
In touring news, well known western musical acts continue to cancel or postpone their tours of Japan. The latest big name to do so in Ke$ha, who released this statement via her Japanese promoter, Creativeman Productions:
"My heart is with Japan right now through this disaster and these hardships. I genuinely don't think right now would be appropriate timing for me to perform in Japan given the content and the spirit of my show, which is all about feeling exuberant, rowdy, and wild. I plan to bring my party there and to that part of the world when we are all ready to dance and Get $leazy together again. In the meantime I am going to do everything I can to help relief efforts and I encourage everyone in the world to do the same."
Also, Creativeman announced it would cancel its annual spring R&B, soul and hip hop fest Springgroove scheduled for Makuhari Messe near Tokyo on April 2 and Zepp Osaka on April 3. Nelly and Flo-rida, among others, were to headline. Creativeman's annual hardcore festival Punkspring has also been canceled.
Good Charlotte and Hoobastank were to headline the fest that was planned for alternating line-ups at Zepp Osaka and Zepp Nagoya on April 1&2 and Makuhari Messe on April 3.